Friday, July 25, 2008

Who is She by the way..

Let me share with you in today posting about someone and she be revealed in the end of this posting for our learning purpose.

She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to unmarried parents. She later explained that her conception was due to a single sexual encounter that her two teenaged parents had; they quickly broke up not long after. Her parents were unmarried teenagers. Her mother, Vernita Lee, was a housemaid, and her father, Vernon , was a coal miner and later worked as a barber before becoming a city councilman. Her father was in the Armed Forces when she was born.

After her birth, her mother traveled north and she spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee who was so poor that she often wore dresses made of potato sacks, causing the local children to make fun of her. On the other hand, it was her grandmother who taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses. When she was a child, her grandmother would take a switch and would hit her with it when she didn't do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.

At age six, she moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, due in large part to the long hours Vernita Lee worked as a maid. She has stated that she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old, something she first revealed to her viewers on a 1986 episode of her TV show, when sexual abuse was being discussed.

Despite her dysfunctional home life, she skipped two of her earliest grades, became the teacher's pet, and by the time she was 13 received a scholarship to attend
Nicolet High School in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale, Wisconsin. Although she was very popular, she could not afford to go out on the town as frequently as her better-off classmates. Like many teenagers at the end of the 1960s, she rebelled, ran away from home and to the streets. When she was 14, she became pregnant, but the baby died shortly after birth. Also at that age, her frustrated mother sent her to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon was strict, but encouraging and made her education a priority. She became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, and placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.

She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication. At age 18, she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college. That she chose a career in media did not surprise her grandmother, who once said that ever since she could talk, she was on stage. As a child she played games interviewing her corncob doll and the crows on the fence of her family's property. She later acknowledged her grandmother's influence, saying it was Hattie Mae who had encouraged her to speak in public and "gave me a positive sense of myself."

Working in local media, she was both the youngest
news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WLAC-TV. She moved to Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o'clock news. She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ's local talk show People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978. She also hosted the local version of Dialing for Dollars there as well.

She then was called "arguably the world's most powerful woman" by
CNN and,"arguably the most influential woman in the world" by the American Spectator,"one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century" and "one of the most influential people" of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Time. She is the only person in the world to have made all five lists.

At the end of the 20th century
Life listed her as both the most influential woman and the most influential black person of her generation, and in a cover story profile the magazine called her "America's most powerful woman".Ladies Home Journal also ranked her number one in their list of the most powerful women in America and senator Barack Obama has said she "may be the most influential woman in the country". In 1998 she became the first woman and first Black to top Entertainment Weekly's list of the 101 most powerful people in the entertainment industry. In 2003 she amazingly edged out both Superman and Elvis Presley to be named the greatest pop culture icon of all time by VH1. Forbes named her the world's most powerful celebrity in 2005, 2007 and 2008 Columnist Maureen Dowd seems to agree with such assessments:

Her influence reaches far beyond pop-culture and into unrelated industries where many believe she has the power to cause enormous market swings and radical price changes with a single comment. In 2005 she was named the greatest woman in American history as part of a public poll as part of
The Greatest American. She was ranked #9 overall on the list of greatest Americans.

Her reach extends far beyond the shores of the U.S., where 49 million U.S. viewers see her talk show weekly. The show airs in 117 countries around the world “from Australia to Zimbabwe”

Indeed an amazing snippet about her biography. Her success was phenomena. Who is she actually? She is the most well known women in this decade, Oprah Winfrey.

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